If you're looking for a plan that will help you start (or restart) healthier eating habits, you're likely to encounter two popular Mainstays arena : the Mediterranean diet and the Paleo diet. While they both claim a range of health benefits (including weight loss), there are some key differences that may affect or break your commitment to either plan. This guide can help you decide which is right for you.
What makes Paleo and the Mediterranean diet?
"The Paleo diet focuses on foods available to people in the Paleolithic," Amanda Montalvo, RD, of Kettlebell Kitchen, told POPSUGAR. "This includes all types of meat, seafood, eggs, vegetables, nuts, seeds and minimal fruit, avoiding grain, dairy and processed sugar." (Hello, bacon!)
The Mediterranean diet has roots in recent history ̵
But both diets focus on genuine, unprocessed foods with healthy fats and vegetables as staples at every meal, it's the evolutionary aspect of the Paleo diet that separates one from the other. "The main focus of the Paleo diet is to eat only certain foods we should eat for," Amanda said. "The Paleo Diet believes that grains, dairy and processed sugars are inflammatory to the body and cause poor nutritional intake, while the Mediterranean Diet emphasizes whole-grain and dairy products with animal protein restriction."
Paleo Is Strenger?
Yes. Both the Paleo and Mediterranean diets focus on vegetable carbohydrate sources, but the limitation of Paleo results in grains, which makes this type of food more rigid and can prevent you from taking advantage of whole grains. "Minimally processed carbohydrates such as farro, barley, oats and buckwheat provide great nutritional value for every bite, as they are very rich in both naturally occurring (intact) fibers and in antioxidants and antioxidants that boost the immune system," Rachel said PopSugar. Too much restriction of carbohydrate intake may increase carbohydrate cravings (both good and bad), making it harder to maintain Paleo in the long term.
Which one should you try?
"When you are complete When you start with the Mediterranean Diet, it is less restrictive and will increase the variety," Amanda said. "If you suffer from digestive problems, food allergies, eczema, arthritis, autoimmune diseases, or have more experience with diet, you will probably benefit more from a Paleo diet." Rachel agreed and found that the Mediterranean diet is more sustainable, mainly because of its concentration on all three macronutrients (protein, fat and carbohydrates). This is one of the reasons why it is considered lifestyle rather than diet.